The top five in-demand safety features, reported by Americans who think high-tech safety features should be installed as standard on new vehicles, were:
- Forward collision warnings (71 percent).
- Pedestrian/bicycle detection (71 percent).
- Lane departure warnings (70 percent).
- Speed limit indicators (51 percent).
- Headway (tailgating) monitoring (49 percent).
Mobileye, commissioned YouGov to poll the views of 1,078 American adults about their experiences on the road. Pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike reported frequent collisions or near misses in the past six months.
Nearly one in three polled Americans (31 percent) said they’d feel safer knowing autonomous cars were on the road. Almost half of cyclists (46 percent) who had biked in the past month said they would feel safer with such self-driving vehicles on the road.
More than half of surveyed American drivers (54 percent) claimed they’re distracted only 10 percent of the time or less while behind the wheel. But one in 10 (10 percent) reported they had been hit or almost hit by a vehicle more than once while walking in the past six months. In fact, one in six Americans (16 percent) said they had been hit or almost hit at least once in the past six months while walking.
The survey showed:
- Nearly one in 10 Americans (9 percent) reported they had to make a trip to the hospital for an injury that resulted from a car accident where the driver was distracted.
- One in eight Americans (13 percent) didn’t have to visit the hospital, but reported an accident they have been in resulted from driver distraction.
- Millennials (ages 18-34) are more at risk than other age groups to be hit by a vehicle. One in six (16 percent) said they had been hit or almost hit by a vehicle while walking in the past six months.
- Just over one in 10 Americans (11 percent) in the Northeast and one in seven Americans (15 percent) in the Western U.S. have been hit or almost hit by a vehicle more than once while walking in the past six months, compared to just 5 percent in the Midwest and 9 percent in the Southern part of the country.
- One in five (21 percent) cyclists who have biked in the past month reported that they have been hit or almost hit by a car at least once while on a bicycle in the past six months.
- One in 11 (9 percent) cyclists reported having been hit or almost hit more than once in the past six months while cycling.
- Just over one in six Americans (18 percent) reported they have been in a public or car service vehicle (taxi, city bus, Uber, airport shuttle, etc.) that has been in an accident.
- Just over one in 10 (11 percent) Americans said they had not been in an accident with those types of vehicles but did know someone who had.
Pedestrian/bicycle detection was the most popular feature for cyclists (who had biked in the past month), with 75 percent of them saying they think the technology should be installed as standard.